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Top 10 Camera Drones You can Buy Under $200

The list I put together for camera drones under $200 is a list I feel is very good for a beginner, intermediate or advanced drone pilot. The features of the drones I put on this list have a slight upgrade from my list of the best drones under $100. GO ahead and make your way down the list and check out each one. If this is in your spending limit you will find a good one to get. If you want even more features and more drone features for your liking check out the list of best drone you can buy for under $300. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions I would be glad to help!

Here is my top 10 list of the best drones under $200 in no particular order.

Top drones of 2017 for under $200

Name Image Camera Time Price

Holy Stone F181

   .5 mp  8 mins See Price

Hubson X4 H502S

   720p  13 mins See Price

Force 1 UDI U818A

   720p  12 mins See Price

Potensic F181DH

   720p  12 mins See Price

Drocon U818PLUS

   720 p  15 mins See Price

Rabing RC Drone

   720p  15 mins See Price

Holy stone HS 300

   5mp  10 mins See Price

Altair AA108

   720p  10 mins See Price

Aee AP9

   Go Pro  25 mins See Price

MJX Bugs3

   Go Pro  18 mins See Price

 

 

Holy Stone F181

Holy stone F181 offers 120° FOV HD Wifi camera and is equipped with the newest 720P 120° Wide-angle HD Wifi Camera, which allows you to take high-res pictures & video during flight. FPV Real-time Transmission and has a built-in WiFi module, you can see exactly what your camera sees with a live video on your mobile device by installing the APP. The Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allows you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.

Over all its easy to use safe and fun to fly for Beginners. The built-in the latest 6-axis flight control systems offer strong stability, easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance. One of the best features is the headless mode that eliminates the need to adjust aircraft position before flight & improves learning curve. Its nice, this one includes 2 strong powerful 3.7V 750 mAh LiPo batteries to extend the fun! FAA Registration NOT Required.

Hubson X4 H502S

Hubson’s X4 H520S offers a built-in 720p hd camera tuned amazingly to capture stunning pictures and videos from the sky. A handy gps auto-positioning system, accurate positioning location, perfect advanced follower. If your not familiar with the follow me mode the follow me mode with gps enables the h502s  to follow the controller wherever you are. This is handy for hiking, biking, running just about any out door sport you want to video and review later.

Force 1 UDI U818A

U818A

There are so many to choose from but few live up to the UDI that make some of the best ones. The perfect example is their U818A model. It comes with a 720p camera and can fly for about 12 min.

On on the many cool features of the UDI U818A is its 360° eversion maneuver. When your drone is 10 feet or higher in the air you can hit the button and the quadcopter will automatically do a flip in the air. Keep your hands steady on the controller though to be ready to gain control again.

It will take a little bit of time to get used to the UDI U818A. This is normal for anything new. Just keep things slow and have fun!

Potensic F181DH

Potensic F181DH

Hover / Barometer Set Height Function: Built in ALTITUDE-HOLD Technology: The Air pressure sensor helps hold the flight stably at a certain height, so you can get high quality stable videos and photos, great for starters beginner to intermediate hobbyist.
First Person View: featuring 2 megapixels camera and 5.8GHz wireless monitor screen, record all your wonderful time, enjoy real time beautiful scenery and live video feed in high-definition directly from the monitor LCD screen.
One key taking off and landing: The quadcopter is equipped with one key taking off and landing, which makes the drone easier to fly and better to control for any level of players.

 

Drocon U818PLUS

Drocon U818PLUS allows the drone to be your eyes, you are in total control and takes any photos and videos you like. Then real-time sharing to the social network so that friends can feel this pleasure. With the 720P WIDE-ANGLE HD camera you can record all the wonderful moments in real time. Viewfinder lens up to 120 degrees, more entry images, restore the true color, shocking panoramic view when travel, party, or sports. It has very easy control with the altitude hold mode.

Some drones can easily drift away, but this drone is trouble-free as it’s equipped with an advanced barometer for accurate altitude holding and stable flight characteristics. Even beginners can be good pilots! Flying time is roughly 15 min. Unlike other drones that last for just 8 mins Drocon drone utilizes coreless motor conversion technology which uses less energy than conventional motors and Lets you enjoy more fun with the longer battery life. I can tell its designed for beginners or kids but even the novice can easily master this one.

Rabing RC Drone

Rabing RC Drone has some amazing features for the price. Customize route mode: just download the app:”smao fpv” on your mobile phone and connect to the wifi drone. Design your flight path directly on the screen and fly rc drone in all directions according to your desired air route. You can get the perfect shot with the 2mp 720p hd camera, iso: 100-1200 and 120 degree wide angle camera. It also has the  powerful air pressure altitude hold function allow you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.

The ever so helpful headless mode and one key automatic return: regardless of the aircraft at any angle, the direction of the remote control as the standard for flight, control is more simple, in this mode, when the drone fly to the longer distance, press a key to return button, due to built-in positioning, drone can be easily recalled.

Holy stone HS 300

HS 300

This one is a bit bulkier and just under the $200 price mark. Some nice features such as  5MP camera that can record 1080p videos at 30fps.

120’ wide angle lens to take great panoramic aerial shots. So you can see this is a nice one to get the best camera shots on the aerial photography platform. You see, HS300 has automatic altitude hold, one key return, emergency stop. Something else unique is the controllable LED lights (green and red) and adjustable speed levels. WHen you first look at this in person you see its built very durable and stable.

Flight time on this bad boy is around 8-12 minutes to go with 150 meters of control range.

Altair AA108

This one is for sure one of the best you can buy for under $200.  Is it good for beginners and it has all the top features you can find in this price range.

Altair AA108 sports a wide-angle camera (120 degree) that is capable of recording HD aerial footage… And it that it does!! Even though it doesn’t have hardware image stabilization, it still produces solid footage with little to no shakiness to see. The little motors are packed with just enough power.

While they might not as durable as brushless one, if you take care of them and operate them properly they will last you a long time. By that, I mean you should always disarm the drone (throttle on 0) immediately after a crash. The Altair AA108 is powered by a 1S LiPo battery which can last up to 10 minutes of flight time.

The range of the Altair AA108 can only reach up to 100 meters. Although the FPV works as much as the operating range so you won’t see a black screen on your smartphone when you’re out of range. Furthermore, Altair AA108 very , very stable allowing even first-time fliers to control it without any issues.Some features are altitude hold, one button takeoff/landing and even OOR (out of range) alarm which will come in handy more then you would think.

Aee AP9

AE9 has a Camera Mount Capability (No Camera Included) GPS auto stability semi-autonomous flight (Automatic position hold and hover), maximum flight range of 500 meters. 10 inch propellers for maximum flight stability and maneuverability, 44 MPH maximum speed, 22 – 33 MPH cruising velocity, all weather body for light to medium rain and snow, Class 4 wind resistance rating. 5300 mAh intelligent LiPo battery for up to 25 minute flying time, fail safe protocol with auto return home feature (returns to takeoff point).

MJX Bugs3

The MJX Bugs 3 has the ability to do both sport/FPV flying and aerial photography very nicely with the help of its optional accessories. You can get it for under $200, it’s a great choice for a experienced aerial photographer or a beginner.

With its highly affordable price tag, the Bugs 3 is a better option compared to the Syma X8HG and a little cheaper Kaideng K70C both of which have less superior brushed motors. The Bugs 3’s brushless motors are the reason why it is a much better buy over other closely priced drones currently available in the market. The only drawback with the Bugs 3 is the action camera is sold separately (only the fixed gimbal is provided).

 

Specifications
  • Dimensions: 440 x 440 x 150mm (with prop guards)
  • Platform: Quadcopter
  • Diagonal motor distance: 310mm
  • Flight features:
    • 3D flips
    • 2 flight speeds (High and Low)
  • Propulsion: 1805 1800KV (motors) / 190mm propellers
  • Weight: 447g (with battery / without prop guards)
  • Battery: 7.4V 1800mAh 25C Li Po
  • Charging time: about 240 minutes
  • Flight time: about 18-20 minutes (without payload) / 10-15 minutes (with action camera and tall landing legs)
  • Control distance: about 500 meters
  • Transmitter power: 4 AAA batteries (not included)

 

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Jacob is a drone enthusiast who likes to spend his free time researching the latest news and models of drones. When he's not in his "drone" world he loves spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.
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